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While Gothamist is familiar with some apartment buildings having rules about pets, they basically begin with "Dogs must be on a leash" and end with "Clean up their messes if they leave any in the elevator or public halls." We love petting dogs in the hall. That's why the Times story about an Upper East Side condo's Gestapo-like rules upsetting. Some of the rules from the Ruppert Yorkville Towers Condominium:
- Dogs will be required to wear special tags on their collars or leashes identifying their owners and apartment numbers.
- Owners will be charged a $100 fee and must register their dogs by Feb. 27, submitting proof that they have been spayed and neutered and given the inoculations for rabies and other conditions.
- No visiting dogs are allowed.
- Owners are responsible for paying for whatever damage their animals cause, and preventing nuisance behavior defined in part as "making noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of 10 minutes or intermittently for one hour or more.''
- Violations will be subject to fines - $100 for the first infraction, $250 for the second, $500 for the third and permanent removal of the pet within 30 days for further breaches.
Dog owners ranging from the elderly who are afraid of fines to owners with dog-custory agreements to owners of show dogs are enraged. The building complex, 90th Street to 92nd Street between Second and Third Avenue, has much scaffolding, where a urine smells does emanate from, but dog owners argue that if the scaffolding were removed, the smell would go away. The president of the board says, "There is nothing wrong with dogs. The problem is people."